CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 31 AUGUST 2017 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR UNHRC CHIEF SLAMS TRUMP RELIEF FOR MUSHARRAF JAPAN’S PACIFISM UNDER THREAT P7 SENSEX 31,646.46 +258.07 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. Rain/thundershower in some areas. Maximum and minimum temp 33/27 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.98% NIFTY 9,884.40 +88.35 Aadhaar: SC to hear pleas in Nov; deadline 31 Dec Min: 25.7°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:55 hrs MOON SETS 00.45 (1 Sept) TEMPERATURE STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 30 AUGUST Kim vows more missile flights over Japan: North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un has promised more missile flights over Japan, insisting his nuclear-armed nation's provocative launch was a mere “curtain-raiser”, in the face of UN condemnation and US warnings of severe repercussions. The US military shot down a medium-range ballistic missile target off the P8 coast of Hawaii early on Wednesday. Ten dead in Maharashtra rain havoc: As Mumbaikars began picking up the pieces of their lives after yesterday's deluge that sank the city and its satellite towns in a sea of misery, at least 10 people were reported dead due to drowning and wall collapse, officials said. Nine people were washed away in separate incidents in Mumbai. Hurricane Harvey: Tropical Storm Harvey on Wednesday made a second landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border, five days after making the first causing widespread destruction in which 30 people have died and tens of thousands rendered homeless. Harvey, which made its first landfall on Friday night near Corpus Christi, made the second landfall, slamming into the Louisiana coast near Texas border. SILVER 39,800.00 -300.00 99 per cent of junk notes are back with RBI: Report Jump in suspicious transactions reported by commercial banks, Opp ‘debunks’ note ban he Reserve Bank of India's Annual Report for 2016-17 (the central bank follows July to June fiscal year) released on Wednesday claimed that nearly 99 per cent of the demonetised currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations are back with it which bankers say could be taken as a measure of the success of the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi's bold measure to rid the system of black or unaccounted wealth. RBI report underlines Rs 15.28 lakh crore of Rs 15.44 lakh crore demonetised currency notes were deposited in bank accounts. " Barring 8.9 crore bills or 1.3 percent of all Rs 1,000 notes have been drained out of the system post demonetization." Other interpretation of RBI's disclosure of post note ban scenario as propounded by critic of Mr Modi's move could be that the return of 99 percent defunct currency bills suggests the purpose of demonetization of 8 November 2016 to drain out black money was an exercise in futility. The central bank's report is significant since for the The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would hear a batch of petitions on Aadhaar-related matters in November after the Centre informed it that it will extend till 31 December the deadline to furnish Aaadhar to avail benefits of social welfare schemes. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said there was no urgency to hear the matter after Attorney General K K Venugopal told the bench that the Centre will extend the 30 September deadline. Mentioning the matter before the bench, also comprising Justices Amitava Roy and A M Khan Wilkerson, senior advocate Shyam Divan sought early hearing on the batch of petitions which have also challenged the Centre's move to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of of various social welfare schemes. On Divan referring to the deadline of 30 September, Venugopal said, "We (Centre) will extend it to December 31". "The urgency is not there. It will be listed in the first week of November," the bench said. A three-judge bench had on 7 July said that all issues arising out of Aadhaar should finally be decided by a larger bench. Later on 12 July, the apex court said that its fivejudge Constitution Bench will hear matters relating to Aadhaar, including the aspect of right to privacy. The bench on 18 July had constituted a ninejudge bench to decide on right to privacy. It declared the Right to privacy a Fundamental right saying it is protected as an intrinsic part of the right to life and personal liberty. OBC creamy layer criteria extended to PSUs STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 30 AUGUST In order to give the benefit of OBC reservations to children of lower level employees of PSUs and PSBs, the government on Wednesday expanded the ambit of 'creamy layer' to include certain posts in PSUs and public sector banks, thus barring these officials and their kin from claiming reservation benefits under the OBC category. The Union Cabinet also approved excluding 'socially advanced persons/sections' from the purview of reservation under Other Backward Classes (OBCs) category. The decision comes almost 23 years after a 1993 office order of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) provided for 27 per cent quota for OBCs in government vacancies and laid down criteria for defining 'creamy layer'. This order merely said the criterion enumerated for Group A and Group B posts would apply to officers "holding equivalent and comparable posts" in the PSUs, banks and financial institutions. Briefing reporters about the decisions of the Union Cabinet, Finance Minis- ter Arun Jaitley said an approval was accorded to the norms for establishing equivalence of posts. In PSUs, all executive level posts -- board-level executives and managerial-level posts -- would be treated as equivalent to group 'A' posts in the government and will be considered 'creamy layer'. Junior management grade scale 1 and above of public sector banks, financial institutions and public sector insurance corporations will be treated as equivalent to group 'A' in the government and considered as 'creamy layer'. For clerks and peons in PSBs, financial institutions and public sector insurance corporations, the income test as revised from time to time will be applicable. first time complete details of currency in circulation have been placed in the public domain. The RBI Governor Mr Urjit Patel earlier this year had informed the parliamentary committee attached to finance ministry that RBI was yet to complete counting of withdrawn Rs 500 and Rs 1000 bills from banking system. Report says the quantum of fake Rs1000 notes was barely 0.0007 percent of total bills returned. In Rs 500 denomination RBI detected just 0.002 percent fake notes. About 7.62 lakh pieces were found to be counterfeit. But compared to previous 2015-16 year there had been a rise of 20 percent in fake currency detection, report mentions. The RBI has spent Rs 8,000 crore on printing new currency bills post demonetization which was a sharp rise from previous year's Rs 3,420 crore expended on fresh currency printings, .Between 8 November and 31 December RBI had pumped in 23.8 billion pieces worth or valued at Rs 5,540 billion into circulation. However, currency in circulation has declined 20.2 percent over the year to Rs 713,102 billion as on March 2017. However, the volume of currency bills is up 111 percent mainly on account of higher infusion of low demonetization bills in the banking syste,. RBI report says the share of Rs 2000 NEW DELHI, 30 AUGUST Manual supervision by gangmen or trackmen has led to human errors in detecting defects in the railway tracks leading to accidents. Railways is gearing up to use technology to reduce over-dependence on manual supervision. Use of state-of-the-art technology in preventing accidents owing to poor surveillance in the Railways as has been witnessed last month is very much on the cards. Many of these technologies were demonstrated by foreign countries in a global technology conference which took place in May this year. Railways has earmarked a few technologies for track monitoring and rail fracture detection. Over 20 countries participated in that conference. The recent accidents has shown the urgent requirement of adopting such technologies. TRACK RECORD Manual supervision of tracks will not be necessary if Railways adopt these state-of-art technologies. Gangmen or trackmen risk their lives to do track supervision Pilot project to start on “Optical Fibre Based Rail Fracture Detection System” A pilot project on rail fracture detection system will be done soon in some sections of the railways in the North-Central Railways and North-East Frontier Railways. In the system optical fibre will be laid on the tracks. A light beam will be sent across the optical fibre to see whether any fracture are there in the rail tracks. “The pilot project costing Rs 5.8 crores has got the sanction of the Railways,” said a source in Railways Ministry. Ultrasonic Broken Rail Detection (UBRD) System for Services of 13 railway employees were today terminated for gross negligence that led to the August 19 train derailment in which more than 20 people were killed. Among those sacked are 11 gangmen, one ironsmith and a junior engineer, improving safety is also being discussed. The technology involves sending and receiving ultrasound waves between two stations with a transmitter and receiver. If there is break in the ultrasound signals between two stations indicating a break in the rail. Immediately, an alarm will be raised. There is a technology which will allow the trains to com- Day after Hill talks, stray violence reported from Darj and Kalimpong A Syrian refugee girl sits on the side of the road as she returns to Syria with her family after crossing the Jordanian border near the town of Nasib, in the southern province of Daraa, on Tuesday. AFP the railway ministry said. All of them were workers in the Kathauli section where the accident took place when 14 coaches of the train jumped the rails. “Railways has terminated the services of 13 employees under Section 14 of the discipline and appeal rule,” said a rail spokesman. PTI municate among themselves and this will reduce the risk of a train hitting another train from behind. “A specified distance between two trains while on the track will be maintained,” said an official. Drones is also planned to be used for surveillance of the bridges where trackmen cannot reach. Along with this, the Railways plans to use infrared technology for better visibili- CMYK was “a scheme designed to convert black money into white”. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley vehemently defended the note ban decision, which sucked out 86 per cent of the currency in circulation, curbed economic activity and put common man at much inconvenience, saying the move was not intended to confiscate money but to bring it into formal channels and tax them. The move, he said, was aimed at flushing out black money, eliminating fake currency, striking at the root of terror financing, converting non-formal economy into formal one to expand tax base and employment and giving a big boost to digitisation of payments to make India a less-cash economy. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee slammed the Prime Minister on demonetisation. “ Is not the RBI’s revelation this evening on demonetisation pointing to a big scam? I feel it was totally a flop show,'’ she said. “Was the system deliberately set up by Government of India to facilitate dealers of blackmoney to convert black money into white in lakhs of crores? The people of India demand an answer, she thundered. DARJEELING, 30 AUGUST 13 railway employees sacked for Utkal Express derailment NEW DELHI, 30 AUGUST notes in the total value of of currency notes in circulationwas 50.2 percent at March end. In volume terms Rs 10 and Rs 100 notes constitute 62 percent of total currency bills in the system. A disturbing feature of RBI Annual Report is jump in suspicious transactions reported by commercial banks in the year. Banks have flagged six-fold increase in such fraudulent deals to 3,61,361 cases from 61,361 reported in the previous year. SNS adds from Delhi: The Opposition was quick to pounce on the data to attack the government, with former finance minister P Chidambaram wondering if demonetisation FUTURE TENSE Railways plan to go hi-tech to avoid accidents ABHIJEET ANAND BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 51.56 -0.44 T THUMBNAILS Luxury cars to cost more: It's a showdown ahead of the festive season as SUVs, large and midsize cars are going to cost much more than expected. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared an ordinance to increase the maximum compensation cess for luxury cars and sports utility vehicles to 25 per cent from the earlier 15 per cent as their tax burden has fallP8 en under the GST regime. GOLD 28,540.00 -180.00 P12 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, 30 AUGUST First quarter of moon on 2 Sept MS Dhoni will be the cynosure of all eyes as he gets ready for his 300th ODI with India. P12 P10 ` vs $ 64.01 +1 PAISA Min. 65% Max: 33.3°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:19 hrs MOON RISES 13.31 hrs P10 NOW, BANGLADESH MAKE HOME ADVANTAGE COUNT ty during fog and heavy rain. Real time monitoring of all the components of the railways including the Overhead Head Electrification, Wagons and Tracks is also being planned by the railways. The source said that an agreement has been reached for co-development of technologies with Australia. “We are doing co-development on internet of things which includes use of information technologies. We are also working on congestion reduction by using communication technologies,” said the source. There are talks on co-development going on with several other countries. However, the source did not divulge much details. “Most of the countries including US are offering technologies for sale. But we want to collaborate with countries and develop those technologies here. There is a cost factor involved also if we buy these technologies,” said the source. Stray incidents of vandalism were reported at some places in the Hills of Darjeeling and Kalimpong today, the day after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and top Hill leaders held talks at Nabanna in Kolkata in a bid to restore normality in the Hills. Posters also came up on public walls at places like Darjeeling, Sonada and Kurseong, demanding talks for Gorkhaland and warning parties against lifting the shutdown until leaders return from Kolkata and officially take a call on it. While alleged cadres of the GJMM broke passenger vehicles at Gorabari near Sonada and in Kalimpong town, one man was arrested for his alleged role in the bomb explosion at the Kalimpong SNS PS on 19 August. Comprehensive Army reform planned STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 30 AUGUST With increasing security concerns along the borders, the Defence Ministry in consultation with the Army has for the first time decided to reform the Indian Army in a planned manner to be completed by 31 December 2019. The proposal was approved by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley after extensive consultation with all stakeholders. The first phase of the reforms includes redeployment and restructuring of approximately 57,000 posts of officers/JCOs/ORs and civilians. The other major reforms which have been cleared include optimisation of signals establishments to include radio monitoring companies, corps air support signal reg- iments, air formation signal regiments, composite signal regiments and merger of corps operating and engineering signal regiments. These reforms were suggested by the committee of experts set up by the Defence Ministry under the chairmanship of Lt Gen (Retd) (Dr) D B Shekatkar with a mandate to recommend measures for enhancing combat capability and rebalancing defence expenditure of the armed forces with an aim to increase "teeth to tail ratio".
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